How to deal with a concussion?
WHO (World Health Organization) defines a brain injury as an injury which is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative.
Some of the causes can include a blow to the head, whiplash injuries, seizure disorders, tumors, cardiopulmonary arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning, airway obstruction, infectious diseases and toxic exposure.
According to Brain Injury Canada, 160,000 Canadians sustain a brain injury each year. Many of these people under-report their true symptoms, for fear of being misunderstood or judged. Literature suggests that more than 30% of concussion patients have symptoms that persist longer than four weeks. About 50% of all acquired brain injuries in Canada come from falls and motor vehicle accidents.
The incidence of brain injury outnumbers breast cancer, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDs, combined.
How a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist can help?
When an individual requires care by a concussion clinic, a physician, PT or OT with experience in concussion care provides the diagnosis and directs treatment together within a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare practitioners, each with experience in brain injury with educational knowledge, and clinical practice into the following areas of concussion management:
- Physical (migraines/headaches)
- Dizziness and balance (vestibular retraining)
- Visual changes (ocular motor dysfunction)
- Tinnitus/ hearing impairments
- Orthopedic comorbidities
- Cervical spine dysfunction
- Return to learn/play/work
You can also read more information on Guidelines for Persistent Symptoms and Guidelines on Diagnosis and Managing Pediatric. At Pillars of Wellness, our experts can help you with diagnosis, treatments and help you with different modalities to maximize your recovery process. Lori is one of the top best occupational therapists in Ontario with over 15 years of experience treating head injuries from motor vehicle accident or sports injuries to name a few. Feel free to contact us for 15 min free consultation.